Medieval News

X-Ray Imaging uncovers hidden ancient text in medieval manuscript

This week researchers in California are scanning a medieval manuscript to help uncover a medical text by the ancient physician Galen, which was scrapped off and replaced in the eleventh-century.

Domesday coming to the British Library

The National Archives will loan Domesday, the most famous and earliest surviving public record, to the British Library for its landmark exhibition, Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms.

Build a medieval city with new video game

Foundation is a grid-less, sprawling medieval city building simulation with a heavy focus on organic development, monument construction and resource management.

Researchers discover early medieval women with their skulls altered

A new palaeogenomic study of early medieval people in southern Germany has revealed the presence of women who had their skulls artificially altered.

Undergraduate research project finds connection between Chaucer and medieval astronomers

Senior English Literature major, Michael Walecke, is mapping collocations of one of Chaucer’s only prose works.

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Medieval Articles

Foreign envoys and resident Norwegians in the Late Middle Ages – a cultural clash?

In this article, I will discuss the question of multiculturalism in Norway in the Late Middle Ages, focusing on potential cultural differences in the interaction between Norwegian farmers and foreign envoys or royal administrators.

The Relationship of the Italian and Southern French Cathars, 1170-1320

The aim of this thesis is to answer two questions, namely why Southern French Cathars chose to flee to Italy
when persecuted in the early thirteenth century and secondly to assess the extent to which Catharism was a ‘universal church’.

Anglo-Scandinavian Literature and the Post-Conquest Period

This thesis concerns narratives about Anglo-Scandinavian contact and literary traditions of Scandinavian origin which circulated in England in the post-conquest period.

The Norse Penny Reconsidered: The Goddard Coin—Hoax or Genuine?

This article considers the penny’s numismatic and archaeological context, and engages with the debate from a Norwegian perspective.

I was there. Constantine Akropolites’ Typikon

Constantine Akropolites wrote an appendix to the typikon for the Church of our Lord’s Resurrection in Constantinople, rebuilt by his father, George (1217-82).

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All about the Middle Ages

Historical Reflections / Reflexions Historiques

Journal: Historical Reflections / Réflexions Historiques Founded over thirty years ago, Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques has established a well-deserved reputation for publishing high-quality articles of wide-ranging interest. Interdisciplinary and innovative in character, the journal publishes works that explore the terrain of discourse and representation, and the history of religion, art, literature and the social sciences. The […]

Star Wars and the Middle Ages

When George Lucas wrote up the screen play that would become Episode IV: A New Hope, he would make use of medieval history to help create his galaxy far, far away.

This Week in Medieval Manuscript Images

This week we can share over 30 beautiful medieval manuscript images that we found on Twitter, including Greek Fire in action, and a map of 16th century Cairo.

Ten Thoughts on Game of Thrones: Sons of the Harpy

Somewhat random thoughts on Season 5 Episode 4 of Game of Thrones…

The Battle of Culloden in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery – Part 2: The Battle and Aftermath

This lady’s story is one of courage and Jacobite patriotism; without her, the Prince may never succeed in making his voyage to Skye, which inspired the folk song quoted in the beginning.

Articles about the Crusades

This list of articles deals with overall topics about the Crusades and Crusading: In the Syrian Taste: Crusader churches in the Latin East as architectural expressions of orthodoxy, by Susan Balderstone Community, Identity and the Redemption of Captives: Comparative perspectives across the Mediterranean, by James William Brodman Holy War and the Medieval Lawyers, by James A. […]

Places to See: Sainte Chapelle

Travelling to Paris ? Add this beautiful thirteenth century Capetian chapel to your MUST-SEE list for your next visit!

Why the Middle Ages are called the Dark Ages

How did the term ‘Dark Ages’ become synonymous with the Middle Ages, and why do we still refer to it like that?

Papers on Medieval Prosopography: Session #47 at KZOO 2015

Three fantastic papers on Prosopography from #KZOO2015.

How Well Do You Know the 11th century?

Here are 11 questions about the 11th century. Good luck!

New Medieval Books: To be an artist or a warrior

This week’s look at five books about the Middle Ages

My Top 5 Medieval Books of 2015

2015 was a great year for books on, and 2016 promises to be better. Of all the books I read over the past twelve months, these five books were my favourite reads of 2015.

How well do you know your medieval manuscripts: Beast Mode

You know these manuscripts–most of them would make ‘most famous lists.’ But that means you know them by nickname. Do you also know them by shelfmark?

When in History Do You Belong?

There are many quizzes about where you belong in history, but they are often surface level. This quiz goes in depth into your personality and worldview to see what time period in the history of Western civilization fits you best.

Medieval Videos

Architecture in medieval Persian painting: fact or fantasy?

Robert Hillenbrand looks at how Persian painters tackled depicting architecture while also showing the process of construction, and how they operated within what to a Western eye might seem like constricting conventions.

St. Theodore, Euchaïta and Anatolia, c. 500-1000 CE: Landscape, Climate and the Survival of an Empire

St Theodore ‘the recruit’ was one of the most important military saints of the Byzantine and wider medieval world, and his cult center, at Euchaïta in northern Turkey, was famous from the fifth century on.

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Medieval Books

New Medieval Books: From Ironmaking to Psalters

Five recently publishing books covering the Middle Ages – taking you from Ireland to Germany and from Sicily to Norway.

New Medieval Books: From China to Iceland

Five new books taking you throughout the medieval world.

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Medieval Movies & TV

10 Medieval Short Films

Need to have some medieval-themed binge viewing? Here are ten short films from Youtube and Vimeo that will take you back to the Middle Ages.

Medievalists at the Movies: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword premiered May 2017 MAN CANDY ALERT! When I sat down to watch “King Arthur” over this past weekend, I was a bit apprehensive. This big-budget, big-name feature film didn’t last very long in theaters (never a good sign) and it received overall negative reviews (typically, not always, not a […]

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The Medieval Magazine: (Volume 4: No. 4): Issue 106

In this issue, we look medieval cannibalism, dietary advice to a king, animal sex in art, the medieval precinct of St. Paul’s, visit Dorchester Abbey, and look at the life of Edward II.

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